Financial Aid - Federal School Code: 006972

Federal Work-Study

Federal College Work-Study is a type of financial aid that is need-based. It provides earnings for employment on-campus or at an off-campus agency (limited availability). In order to be paid through Work-Study funds, a student must have a FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office and must have need (the difference between your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the Cost of Attendance).

Work-Study is not included in your award until you apply for and obtain a position funded through Work-Study funds. Because funding and jobs are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, check the job postings often at the Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office. Apply as early as you can after the opening date. See instructions below.

The number of hours per week for which a student can be authorized to work depends on your unmet need as determined by Financial Aid. Many students do not realize they qualify for Work-Study. Do not rule it out before asking. 

How to Apply for a Federal Work-Study job for Fall 2015:

♦  Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units for Fall 2015 and have a 2015-16 FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office.

♦  Must have received your 15-16 Financial Aid Award Notification email.

♦  Must bring a printed copy of your Financial Aid Award letter (see Award letter tab on MyBC) to Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office in SAS-258. Positions are posted there and Job Placement can inform you of your eligibility.

♦  1st day to apply: Monday, August 3, 2015.

♦  1st possible day to begin work: Monday, August 24, 2015. 

♦  Last day to work: Fall 2015/December 18, 2015; Spring 2016/May 27, 2016.

Also print a copy of a PDF entitled All About College Work-Study.

Why Choose Work-Study?

Work-Study Benefits

INCOME: A monthly earnings check to help toward your expenses.

LOCATION: On campus or at an off-campus agency that relates to your interests.

STUDENT-FRIENDLY: Working for an employer that puts students first.

PAYCHECK ADVANTAGE: Wages are taxable but are exempt from FICA deduction.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Job experience and employer references are important in the job market.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS: Feeling connected to the school, learning time management, becoming aware of resources -- all contribute to student success.

Employment Requirements and Regulations for Federal Work-Study

 Hiring Process for Federal Work-Study Student Assistants

Federal law requires the college, as employer, to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all employees. After being offered a job, the student:

1. Will receive an email notification from the Financial Aid Office, which includes FWS regulations and instructions on how to complete the hiring process.

2. At Job Placement (SAS-258): Must pick up a green Job Authorization Card and have it completed by the campus employer (your work supervisor) including start date, approval signatures, and department's Federal Work-Study budget code account number. 

3. At Human Resources (SAS-344): Must return the green authorization card (see #2 above) and present correct documents to establish identification and employment eligibility. Students may use a driver's license with photo ID and Social Security card for this purpose, but please check with Human Resources for a complete list of acceptable documents.

4. HR will send an email to your work supervisor once the above steps have been completed. Students are not authorized to work until cleared by HR.

Also see All About College Work-Study.